Monday, October 29, 2007

New Collection of Play Therapy for Children DVDs

The library has recently received a MILLION DVDs for your viewing pleasure! Ok, so maybe not that many, but we do have a lot more that deal with play therapy for children. Dr. Garry Landreth, Dr. Clark Moustakas, and Dr. Viola Brody have all contributed to this fast-growing field of children’s therapy with their insight and interviews in their DVDs. The DVD collection includes: Touching the Inner World of Children Through Play Therapy, Reflections on Relationship Play Therapy, Relationship Play Therapy: A Clinical Session, Developmental Play Therapy: A Clinical Session, Toys & Materials for Play Therapy, The Play Therapist’s Language of Change: Rehearsing Children’s Creative Capacities, Understanding Play Behavior and Themes in Play Therapy, Choices, Cookies, & Kids: A Creative Approach to Discipline, and Therapeutic Limit Setting in Play Therapy: Purpose, Areas and ACT Model. If these interest you or maybe they could help you out on your next research paper, come into the library and we’ll set you up so you can watch them on our HUGE plasma, flat-screened TV. Oh yeah…that’s the good stuff!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

What is NaNoWriMo?

Copied directly from the website:

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

In 2006, we had over 79,000 participants. Nearly 13,000 of them crossed the 50k finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

So, to recap:

What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month's time.

Who: You! We can't do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let's write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.

Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era's most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.

When: Sign-ups begin October 1, 2007. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.

Still confused? Just visit the How NaNoWriMo Works page!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Study for the GRE Verbal…and help save humanity!

The purpose of is simple: eradicate world hunger and improve vocabularies. It presents visitors with a multiple choice question involving a word and asks them to choose the correction definition for that word. Right answers donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Programme. You don’t have to pay a cent—the rice is paid for by the site’s advertisers, but the questions do become more difficult as your rice grains pile up.

For those of you planning to attend graduate school, this site offers a fantastic way to build your vocabulary for the Verbal section of the Graduate Record Examination (known as the GRE), a standardized test that many programs require along with your admission materials. Helping wipe out hunger is, obviously, an added bonus.

So better yourself and your fellow man! And if you want to learn more, visit, the sister site of FreeRice.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Texas League of Women Voters Guide

Early voting runs from Oct. 22 to Nov. 2; Election Day is Nov. 6.

The Texas League of Women Voters guide to the 16 state propositions (constitution amendments) that are on the ballot is available as a pdf file at They show the language that will be on the ballot, explain the reason for the item, state the arguments for and against, and leave the decision making to you.

Halloween Facts

Halloween is a great excuse to put on a costume, act afool, and eat way too much candy. It is also a great time to look back at the ways world cultures have blended to create our modern holidays and celebrations. Did you know that many of the Halloween traditions Americans celebrate today began with the Celtics when they celebrated Samhain (sow-en), the change from Summer to Fall? The modern jack o'lantern stems from the Irish legend of Stingy Jack, a man that manage to escape the fiery grips of the devil and earned an eternity of wandering the earth with nothing but an ember burning in a turnip to light his way.

For more infomration on the roots of Halloween, go to


Friday, October 19, 2007

World News

For a great way to read your newspapers electronically, check out Newspapers from around the world are available in their full format, pictures and all, with great searching, zooming, and reading options.
Access it through the UNT Libraries Homepage under Electronic Resources, Find E-Newspapers.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Meet Dr. Teaff...the Fisherman?!

Dr. Tracy Teaff has lived her entire life in Texas. She was born in Abilene, raised in Waco, and has always had a calling to be a special education teacher. She received her undergraduate degree from Baylor University and her master’s degree from East Texas State University which is now called Texas A&M Commerce. That is also where she received her school counseling and special education counseling certification. She then decided to get her PhD in Leadership in Behavioral Disorders, and she achieved this goal with help from the University of North Texas.

When people get their doctorates it’s because they want to teach higher education, but Dr. Teaff wanted to share her education with all people. She gave it some thought and decided that she was not yet ready to take the leap into higher education and went to public schools to teach and better prepare herself for her career in higher education. She was working in Arlington ISD when the job at UNT Dallas Campus opened; she thought it would be the perfect time to make the switch because she felt “strongly about training and preparing special educators”.

I posed the question to Dr. Teaff, “What is an aspect of the university that you like the most?” Her immediate response was the students. She really understands that her students are not just students, but they are mothers, fathers, and have many other roles that they are juggling all the while trying to get their degree. She realizes that many of them are first generation students and knows that they appreciate the opportunities they are given to receive such a great education. Dr. Teaff also appreciates the staff and faculty here because they are all so close and eager to work with one another to better serve the students.

When asked to give comments about the virtual library, she had nothing but good things to say. She loves how the staff is always ready to offer help with research and everyday services like keeping reserves for her classes. She loves the “accessibility and the ability to find anything and everything that I might need for my students and myself” and encourages everyone to learn about the resources we offer. She thought that not having many books would be debilitating, but she soon realized that it is not an issue because we have access to anything anyone might need.

Although Dr. Teaff spends a lot of time teaching, she does have other interests. She loves to fish and owns her own bass boat. She loves riding around in her pick-up truck, and even has a tattoo! She also enjoys a good football game. That interest most likely spawned from her father who was a football coach. An outside source told me that her father was not just any football coach, but a legend…maybe you could ask her about it?
To give you guys a hint about her Father "the legend" the library owns three books that he wrote. If you are interested in checking them out, they are on display on the Major of the Month-Teacher Education shelves.

Faculty Features: Dr. Constance Lacy

With the steady growth of UNT Dallas Campus Library, it may soon happen that the campus is so large that we are not able to get to know all of the wonderful faculty. To remedy this situation we are highlighting our faculty with short bios. This time around we are highlighting Dr. Constance Lacy of the Human Services Department. Many are already familiar with this energetic professor's professional life but may not know about her past.

Dr. Lacy was born in Eastland, TX and was the youngest of five children. All the siblings were encouraged to pursue a higher education by their mother. Dr. Lacy attended Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth and soon after graduating she attended the University of North Texas to major in social work. She left after a semester to get married and raise a family. Though Dr. Lacy always intended to pursue social work she truly became passionate when a several years after leaving UNT she worked for Dallas Can Academy as an Intake Coordinator. In this position, she performed social work duties along with counseling with the students and their parents. During this time she attended Eastland College, where she received an Associate degree as an Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Her mentors encouraged her to go further and thus she went back to UNT where she received a Bachelor's in Social Work. Along the way she met great professors and other mentors who recognized her potential and encouraged her to go further in her studies. Through the Ronald E. McNair TRIO program, which targets academically strong, African-American females, who are first generation college students and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which targets students who wish to pursue their Ph.D in a service-oriented field, she received her Master's and Ph.D in social work from the University of Texas in Arlington.

Interesting Fact: During high school Dr.Lacy attended Trimble Technical High School part-time to obtain her cosmetology license.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Make 'em say "Ommmm..."

If you’re slammed with schoolwork and feel like Fall Break won’t arrive any time within the next decade, call time-out and get your digital tranquility fix courtesy of these online meditation rooms. Bliss out as pretty pictures and soothing sounds provide the perfect antidote to a white-knuckle semester. Want your serenity to go? Download your favorite meditation rooms directly to your iPod.

Thanks for the free Zen,!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Roald Dahl

Hey all you Teachers in Training! The Major of the Month is Education so we've been searching the web for some unique resources just for you.

Check out the fun and fantastical website devoted to the author Roald Dahl who wrote several children's books, the most famous of which is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There is even a section of the website devoted to teachers!

To begin the fun just click here.

Friday, October 12, 2007

World Freedom Atlas

For all of you who are teaching, studying, or are just interested in the Social Sciences, check out the World Freedom Atlas at

What is it? Great question!

The World Freedom Atlas was orginally a project created by Zachary Johnson for a graduate level Geography class at the University of Wisconsin.

It is an interactive map that measures freedom, democracy, human rights and governments around the world. The map covers the years 1990-2006. You can check one of the dozens of criteria on the menu to the left and then scroll over each country and check their rating.

By the way...this site was found through, the virtues of which were enumerated in a previous blog. If you like what you see at the World Freedom Atlas, check out so you can find other similar websites.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

October is all about Teacher Education!

The major the UNT Dallas Campus Library is sponsoring for the month of October is Teacher Education. We have developed a fresh display that has many books that could guide you, teacher-to-be, to becoming the best educator you can possible be. One of them includes a book titled Education-Opposing Viewpoints. This book caught my eye because people say I could argue with a fencepost, so obviously I am interested in differing views. Some of the subjects that are covered in this book are; the viability of homeschooling, if bilingual education is beneficial, and if schools should or should not teach moral values. This is very fascinating because it gives arguments for both sides. There is also a book titled Becoming a Teacher in Texas that dedicates sixteen chapters to helping you pass the Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas (ExCET). It also gives you practice questions to ease your anxiety about the test! There are many other resourceful books that can guide you through your studies such as the Education Sourcebook, Requirements for Certification, and The Almanac of American Education…and if we don’t have something you are looking for, we’ll definitely find it for you!


To all of you anxious patrons that were waiting for the new editions to the Congressional Quarterly Almanac Plus and the Business Plans Handbook...wait no longer! They have arrived and they are better than ever! The first book, the Almanac Plus, is volume number LXII, and boy does it have a ton of information! This almanac contains governmental issues as well as house and senate votes by party, bill and member of Congress. Each bill is abstracted in a one paragraph synopsis of the legislation for ease of use...and you know you want to come in here and use it. Our next book up for grabs is the Business Plans Handbook, volume 13. It offers examples of how to approach, structure, and compose one's own business plans. Not only that, this volume offers 20 sample plans that will guide you to your perfect business! Don't wait any longer, come in here and see what they are about!

Candidate Match Game

I can't guarantee this really gives you the best candidate match for your answers, but it might cause you to do more research on each one and his/her public stances.

• Candidate Match Game - USA Today

Answer these questions about your own stance on a variety of issues, and
the program will tell you which Republican or Democratic candidate best
matches your views.

From: Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2007.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

National Book Award Finalists

The National Book Award Finalists have been announced and can be found at So, when fall (finally) comes and you want a good book to curl up with on a chilly afternoon, this is a great list to choose from.


Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Librarians and…Fantasy Football?

If you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan, you’re no doubt pleased by the team’s miraculous comeback against the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football. However, if you play fantasy football and Tony Romo is your starting quarterback, you’re probably not too happy about his atrocious stat line in the same game (5 INTs, 1 lost fumble). You might not be alone: an estimated 15 to 20 million people play fantasy football (Source: ESPN). Now, even librarians are getting in the game. An academic librarian at the University of Colorado-Boulder has a blog called The Fantasy Football Librarian . The blog, which is updated frequently, offers analysis, a compendium of online resources and informative links, as well as live chat if you need a virtual shoulder to cry on. Obviously, there’s a slight Denver Broncos bias (hey, at least the FFL isn't an Eagles fan), but don’t let that keep you away from one of the best fantasy resources on the net.

Why would librarians be interested in fantasy football, you ask? Think about it: the same qualities that help win the league crown—good preparation, the ability to evaluate multiple (and often contradictory) sources of information, the flexibility to adapt to change, and the willingness to explore every angle—also make for effective research. So if your season—whether it’s football or academic—needs turning around, you know what to do: ask a librarian!

C is for Cookie, That's Good Enough for Me!

Many of us grew up with the classic Sesame Street, in a time when it was okay for Cookie Monster to eat nothing but cookies. Those were simpler days when the blue crazy-eyed muppet could be satisfied with only one letter of the alphabet. Now, things have changed. This YouTube video is a tribute to those simpler days and to librarians everywhere who experience Muppets for patrons...

Monday, October 8, 2007

The Road Atlas 2008

Hello all library users!! If you are interested in exploring the North American continent we have what you need. Rand McNally's road atlas will get you where you need to be and show you all the hotspots on your way there. It has handy travel information on map pages, and fun getaway ideas on every map! It informs you of five terrific driving trips with all the best attractions, shops, and places to eat. It also shows you who to call and where to find out information about certain roads that will be under construction. Come check it out and start planning your next amazing vacation!

Stumbling Upon Good Information

Has it been awhile since you stumbled upon something new and interesting on the internet?

Are you certain there is wonderful information lurking out there on the web that you just can't seem to find through all your searching?

Don't give up! Try StumbleUpon!

StumbleUpon is a toolbar you can add to your browser that sends to you websites based on your interests. It also lets you give feedback on whether you like the site or not.

To get it, just go to Register for an account and tell what your interests are. After the toolbar is added to your browser, you just click the "Stumble" button to begin finding fun and interesting websites.

Whether you like what you find or not, let them know by giving the site a thumbs up or thumbs down. From your ratings they can refine what they give you as you "Stumble".

There are other features included such as blogs and comments about the websites. But you don't have to participate in all of it to start stumbling on some great new information.

But BEWARE: you might get addicted!!

Fed Blogging

Blogging is so cool even federal agencies are picking up on the trend. Check out to find a list of active and archived government blogs.


Unlocking the iPhone

The Apple iPhone has caused quite a stir in the pockets of Americans. The latest stirring has been about the rights of the owners versus the rights of Apple to restrict what users do with their iPhones. More specifically, Apple would like to put an abrupt stop to the tampering of iPhones so that carriers other than AT&T can be used, in addition to the dozens of programs created by non-Apple entities. Unfortunately for Apple, our free trade market does not offer protection from competition. According to Tim Wu at, "Part of the copyright code, Section 1201 of the famous Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, makes it illegal to break digital locks to get at copyrighted works. But that doesn't make unlockers criminals. The reason is an explicit exemption for personal unlocking issued by the librarian of Congress in 2006. As the librarian wrote, the locks "are used by wireless carriers to limit the ability of subscribers to switch to other carriers, a business decision that has nothing whatsoever to do with the interests protected by copyright."
It's a sticky situation and one that won't be cleaned up quickly. When it comes to copyrights, capitalism, and the capabilities of code-cracking citizens, things can get a little bit convoluted. Crikey.


Friday, October 5, 2007

Why should libraries care about this year's Ig awards?

Glenda Browne of Blaxland, Australia won this year's Ig Nobel prize for literature with her study of the word "the" and the various problems it causes for anyone trying to index things. In a report for the journal the Indexer, she said that taking the "the" into account was useful in many situations: "In the book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, for example, each 'the' is as important as the others. If we sort on the initial 'the' (as well as the following ones in their turn), then we are according each of the articles equal importance."
But she conceded that a blanket rule to incorporate 'the' into indexes often led to long lists of titles starting with the word, making specific entries harder to find. A particular problem, Dr Abrahams added, was indexing the rock band the The.

The IG Nobel Awards

Anyone who watches the Discovery Channel knows that science can be fun (i.e. Mythbusters). The Ig Nobel Award, created by The Annals of Improbable Research Magazine, awards science with a sense of humor. This year the award were held at Harvard University and reportedly as "rowdy" as expected. If anyone deserves a cocktail and a trophy, it is the group of scientists who bothered to find a link between wrinkled sheets and mammal flesh.


Thursday, October 4, 2007

New Book for Teachers!!

We have a new teacher resource that has just been added to our print reference collection.

The Arts as Meaning Makers: Integrating Literature and the Arts Throughout the Curriculum. Cornett, Claudia E. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1998. This book is an introduction to integrating the arts and literature into curriculum for teachers or those studying to be a teacher. It provides strategies and information about several different aspects of art and literature including the visual arts, drama, and music. There are many resources and helpful hints throughout the text.

Come check it out!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Green Magic

It makes me sad that avocados get a bad wrap for being unhealthy. The truth is "the avocado can be a helpful part of a successful weight-management program." It is loaded with healthy fats (nothing like the kind that make our french fries crispy) and "its rich supply of vitamins and minerals also makes the diet more wholesome and satisfying and thus more conducive to overall health." Not to mention, they are darn tasty.
Next time you see yourself reaching for the mayonnaise to spread on that turkey sandwich, grab an avocado instead. Your heart, waist, and taste buds will thank you.

Check out for loads of fun facts about avocados.

Source: Librarians' Internet Index

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Misadventures in Toner

We aren't sure how long we've been without, but it's certainly becoming an adventure.... Our library printer, as I'm sure many of you know, is the only color printer on campus that our students have access to.

Due to the usual overwhelming schedule that occurs at the beginning of a semester, we allowed our inventory of ink to run low and then run out! As soon as this problem was recognized (i.e. as soon as our printer stopped working for lack of cyan ink), we submitted a supply order. See, even librarians have their imperfections!

Ink cartridges finally arrived today, after about a week of going without color printing, and we all got very excited!

Until we realized the toner was for an HP 4600 and we're running a 4700.

How long will this continue? How long will we be forced to print monochromatically? How long must we go without Cyan Ink?
We'll get back to you on that one.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Research Guides

Did you know that the Library has put together Research Guides to help you in your studies?

Our newest Research Guide is on Grant Writing and Fundraising. In this guide we have collected the best online resources as well as the print materials available in our reference collection. Among the websites in the guide are tutorials, government resources, articles, and tip sheets. These sources can help you throughout the grantwriting process from planning to writing to submission of the proposal. Some of the sites even offer information in Spanish and other languages.

This and all the other Research Guides are available on the UNT Dallas Campus Library Website.

To check out this resource, click on this link:

More Than a Virtual Library

"Curious Expeditions has attempted to gather together the world's most beautiful libraries for you starting with our own pictures of Strahov. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do."

Leora Kemp, Librarian
UNT Dallas Campus